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Performance and Measurement

Gloucestershire

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Police Authority Chair: Rob Garnham

Authority Website: www.gloucestershirepoliceauthority.co.uk/

Chief Constable: Dr Timothy Brain

Force Website: www.gloucestershire.police.uk

Staff Numbers:

  • Police Officers: 1,353
  • Police Staff: 700
  • Community Support Officers: 162
  • Other Staff: 56
  • Special Constables: 143

Budget 2007/08: £95.7 million



Summary

Despite Gloucestershire’s image as an idyllic rural area, significant pockets of deprivation exist, with 36 wards in the top deprivation quartile nationally. The force has three Divisions (each co-terminus with two local authority areas) comprising 17 Inspector Neighbourhood Areas, within a geographic policing model which ensures Neighbourhood Policing remains the foundation of Gloucestershire’s distinctive policing style. The County houses a number of national strategic sites including two Royal households and GCHQ Cheltenham, and also hosts a number of festivals. The Gloucestershire water emergency in 2007 was unprecedented. Gloucestershire Constabulary led the Strategic Coordinating Group and the Gold, Silver and Bronze command structure, coordinating the response to the emergency which lasted a fortnight, the largest civil emergency this country has seen in modern times.

In the 2007/08 HMIC audit of detections data quality, Gloucestershire was graded excellent, reflecting the Constabulary’s noteworthy improvements in data quality. In 2008, major crime investigation was graded as ‘meets the standard, with the force having made significant investment in this capability in order to maximise the return of harm reduction, minimise risks to the public and inhibit major crime. The inspection report noted Gloucestershire Constabulary’s role in leading the formation and development of the now active South West Regional Intelligence Unit. Neighbourhood policing and developing citizen focus were also graded by HMIC as ‘meeting the standard’.

At the end of 2007/08, the Constabulary exceeded its three-year objective of reducing crime (as measured by the subset of recorded crimes that most closely matches the British Crime Survey) by 15%, achieving a 19% reduction. The Constabulary also reduced recorded crime rates across all the key areas of vehicle crime, burglary, robbery, violent crime and criminal damage. A sanction detection rate of 31.5% was achieved, against a target of 30%, an increase against the previous year. Detection rates were also improved in the key areas of violent crime and burglary.

In April 2007, Vision2010, Gloucestershire Constabulary’s three-year strategic plan was launched, the basis of which is a 10-point plan, focusing on three main areas: community, people and organisational foundations.

Following the HMIC 2007 inspection, innovations for protecting vulnerable people included the formation of a Public Protection Bureau, continued work to establish the Gloucestershire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (completion due autumn 2008) and a domestic violence risk assessment process ensuring any risk of serious harm to individuals is identified at the earliest opportunity.

The 2007 water emergency demonstrated an exceptional response by the Constabulary and partners to an unprecedented event. The Constabulary continued strong performance in 2007/08, answering 96% of 999 calls in 10 seconds, and nearly 98% of the 33,000 switchboard calls per month within National Call Handling Standards of 30 seconds. The Constabulary attended 92.5% of emergency incidents within target, an increase from 88.1% (2006/07). Operation Clumber was a countywide initiative targeting major drug dealing and the criminal use of firearms within Gloucestershire. During this and subsequent operations the Constabulary seized drugs with an estimated street value of more than £1/3 million, more than £100,000 in cash and a loaded firearm. Through Operation Haul, the Constabulary collaborated with four other forces to combat an organised criminal network, resulting in 15 members and associates receiving sentences totalling 87 years, the Operation since being cited as best practice.

Gloucestershire Constabulary prides itself on innovation. During 2007/08, cashable efficiency savings of £5.6m were made. This was out of total efficiency savings (subject to audit) of £8.7m, equivalent to 9.1% of net revenue expenditure. The Constabulary is also exploring options for two new inspector neighbourhood area stations for Gloucester City and Cheltenham Town.


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